Mike Rice

May 04

Rice's 2011-12 Season Awards Ballot

By Mike Rice Posted in: LaMarcusAldridge

Below are Trail Blazers television analyst Mike Rice's picks for All NBA and the rest of the 2011-12 NBA awards. Rice is the only Trail Blazers broadcaster or employee who has a vote.

All NBA First Team
Guards: Chris Paul, Tony Parker
Forwards: Lebron James, Kevin Durant
Center: Dwight Howard

All NBA Second Team
Guards: Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant
Forwards: Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge
Center: Andrew Bynum

All NBA Third Team
Guards: Dwayne Wade, Rajon Rondo
Forwards: Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki
Center: Marc Gasol

Most Valuable Player
1) LeBron James, Miami Heat
2) Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
3) Chris Paul, LA Clippers
4) Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers

Defensive Player of the Year
1) Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder
2) Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic
3) Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks

Rookie of the Year
1) Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
2) Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
3) Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets

Sixth Man of the Year
1) James Harden, Oklahoma City Thunder
2) Louis Williams, Philadelphia 76ers
3) Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks

Most Improved Player
1) Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic
2) Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota Timberwolves
3) Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks

Coach of the Year
1) Greg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
2) Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies
3) Frank Vogel, Indiana Pacers

Executive of the Year
1) Neil Oshay, LA Clippers
2) Chad Buchanan, Portland Trail Blazers
3) Masai Ujiri, Denver Nuggets
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  1. I am still at a lost on how exactly Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul deserve the MVP honors over Tony Parker. Everyone seems to be doing that, but imo, Tony Parker's play gives the Spurs the chance to win, more than anyone besides the Heat.

    Other than that, not much I can disagree with.

    by Herr on 5/4/2012 10:50 AM
  2. As much as I hate to say it, I think Kobe should be first team, Instead of Tony Parker. Not saying he isn't a great player beacuse he is, but Kobe played amazing for the injuries he had and his age.(That was painful to praise Kobe..)
    Also as much as it pains me to say, LaMarcus should get 3rd team and Blake should get 2nd team, just because he had better stats(granted he has an elite point guard) Other than that, I agree fully with these.

    by Kelbo11 on 5/4/2012 11:44 AM
  3. Blake Griffin should not be anywhere on this list, not yet anyway

    I like Marc Gasol's game, but Tyson chandler should be after Dwight and Bynum
    Both Rondo and Wade and Nash should be ahead of Westbrook IMO as well... Without westbrook OKC would already have a championship under their belt, and they will continue to fail until they realize it.

    by Jesse Elston on 5/4/2012 12:33 PM
  4. i think serge ibaka isn't a great defender. of course he has a lot of amazing blocks but there is more to being a good defensive player than great blocking abilities and i think dwight howard didn't live up to his potential what makes me think it was well deserved that tyson chandler won this title because he made ny so much better on defensiv overall

    by lrac on 5/5/2012 2:23 AM
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